Queen Eli’s Penny Jam Sandwich

If the Queen was anti-skinning animals alive for their fur, she didn’t stop wearing them. One wonders about the conscience of such public figures, having so much influence on the masses, yet chooses to set hurtful and harmful standards as examples of appropriate behavior.

Chef Sharon’s Comment: The article made it sound like a bread sandwich. Her former chef is however making scones. Either way, it’s a strawberry jam sandwich with some form of butter.

Maybe the scones were for Royal Tea; maybe bread wasn’t used or maybe it was. I’d like to know the difference in Britain between a Jam Penny Sandwich and a scone with jam and butter.

If it’s a scone, I hardly regard it as “simple”, but the chef and perhaps herself do, so who am I to argue over the word simple?

I understand that most elders perhaps didn’t give animal-free a try.

However my own mother who was born in 1925, 1 year and five months before Queen Elizabeth tried animal-free many times and liked whatever I made. It’s difficult to imagine that the queen never wanted to try it or was never exposed to food without animals in it. But again, what do I know? It probably wouldn’t have been acceptable to embrace a way of life and a way of eating that differed from the status quo. The English after all are big hunters and big traditionalists to boot.

Too bad. Queen Elizabeth had a golden opportunity for seventy years and not once chose to acknowledge the oughtness of certain traditions.

The best opportunity missed was during the early 1970’s when diet was certainly on everybody’s minds along with war and peace (make love not war), the liberation of women that never did culminate in an equal rights amendment, the sexual and drug revolutions and a bunch of other stuff that oddly gets remembered now and then by what happened at Woodstock. Frankly most people in the age group of those attending Woodstock were absent, so it’s hard to understand how a movement could be represented by what happened at a concert, but it was. No one but the people there knew it even existed until it was featured on television.

Condolences heartfelt go out to all the families she touched as Queen.

Personally I know more about Queen Eli than any of the presidents of the USA, due to all the movies/shows that ran for multiple seasons over the years regarding the Royals. So I feel in a way that I know them and herself.

So I am feeling grief to an extent. All I can say is thank you for at least letting us in to know you better.

Article: The Queen Has Eaten This Food Every Day for the Past 91 Years

Now that’s commitment!

To call Her Majesty a creature of habit would be an accurate description. According to The List, the Queen is regimented with her food choices, preferring to eat many of the same foods every day—including one food item that her former personal chef Darren McGrady says HM has eaten every single day of her life since she was five years old. (Yes, that’s 91 years of eating the same food. Dedication is an understatement.)

And, according to McGrady, while the Queen eats the same breakfast pretty much every day (Earl Grey tea and a bowl of Special K cereal) and opts for simple dishes like grilled chicken or grilled fish (alongside a gin cocktail or the occasional chocolate) for the rest of the day, it’s the “jam penny” sandwich that she’s had, faithfully, her whole life.

It involves just three ingredients, according to McGrady, who worked for Her Majesty for 15 years and who said she would ask for this sandwich every day at teatime, no matter who she was dining with. All you need is bread, jam, and butter—and if you really want to be like royalty, use strawberry jam, he says.

“We’d make the jam at Balmoral Castle with gorgeous Scottish strawberries from the gardens,” he says on his YouTube channel. (Her Majesty is currently summering at Balmoral as we speak.)

As to why the sandwich is called a “penny,” it’s because it has to do with “the size of the old English penny,” McGrady says.

She may be a monarch, but her tastes run simple—as McGrady himself says, “the Queen never was a foodie.”

Somehow this simplicity makes us love her even more.

by Rachel Burchfield

Contributing Weekend Editor


This is Animal-Free Chef Sharon’s favorite comfort sandwich – late night – after smoking weed or not.


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